A Palm Beach Wife
with author Susannah Marren
About the Program: Susannah Marren, the pen name of gender and relationship expert Susan Shapiro Barash, has drawn a riveting portrait of spousal loyalty, female rivalry and the complicated mother-daughter bond. Susan will discuss her newest novel, A Palm Beach Wife, which follows Faith Harrison, a quintessential Palm Beach woman whose life slowly begins to unravel after the news of her husband’s impending scandal.
Book Summary: Faith Harrison is the quintessential Palm Beach woman. She is a captivating beauty, ideal wife to Edward, her elegant, wealthy husband, and perfect mother to Katherine, her college-age daughter. In a town where affluence, privilege and glamour rule, Faith is respected and adored by women of all ages.
At Faith’s couture designer consignment shop on famed Worth Avenue, her daughter Katherine affixes to every item — Birkin bags, Hermes scarves, Buccellati earrings and Judith Leiber minaudieres — snippets of fables and fairy tales. She carefully matches each tale to the jewelry or bag, but soon the stories begin to foreshadow secrets and betrayals that fester beneath the surface.
Things begin to implode on the eve of the winter season, when Faith learns of her husband’s impending scandal. As this threatens to unravel her world, her own lifelong deception comes to light. Scrambling desperately to save her family, Faith must confront the haunting truth about what she left behind, her buried regret, and the demons that haunt her still. Amid the lush exterior and surreptitious interior, Marren creates intriguing characters, each invested in living the Palm Beach life, where the price of escape and the price of belonging are equally steep.
About the author:
Susan Shapiro Barash is an established writer of 13 nonfiction women’s issue books, and fiction under her pen name Susannah Marren. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Chicago Tribune, Elle, Marie Claire, and has appeared on national television including the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS, CNN, and MSNBC. Barash holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and New York University. She teaches in the Writing Department at Marymount Manhattan College where her focus is on gender studies and has guest taught at the Writing Institute/ Sarah Lawrence College.
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